Top 5 Books I’m Thankful For

Hi again! it’s Wednesday so here is a Top 5 Wednesday. Today’s topic is the books we’re thankful for.

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

The books are listed in no particular order.

 


Twilight by Stephenie Myer

 

Twilight

I’m sure this book will be a lot of people’s list and is no surprise. This book, despite it’s problems, really got me hooked on reading again in high school. I was a pretty big read in primary school but mostly flicked through non fiction and picked up a lot of books I never finished. So I am very thankful that it ignited that passion for reading in me because I can’t bear to imagine all the stories I would’ve miss out on if it weren’t for this series.

 


The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen

 

I first found out about this series through it’s BBC adaptation. Once I finished the tv series, I promptly found the books in the seres that were out and devoured them. I am thankful for this series because it got me into historical fiction, importantly The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses.

 


The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking

This book is amazing and one i’m thankful for due to two reasons. First reason, is that it was one of the first non fiction book I’ve read that had made me realise that non fiction is just as diverse in style as fiction can be. So since reading this I’ve been looking into more non fiction titles. Second reason, is that it’s helped me realised that it okay to open up and ask people for help.

 


The Picture of Dorian Gary by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray

This was the first classic I read outside of school assigned reading. It did take me like a month to get thought but I feel in love with gothic literature. So thankful Oscar Wilde for showing me that classics are so scary and you’d don’t need to only read them in english classes.

 


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Time traveler's wife

 

A friend at high school threw this book in my hand and said ‘read it!’ so of course I did and it became one of my favourite books of all time. This book was one of the first adult fiction books I read at time were I was reading exclusively young adult. So I’m thankful that it expanded my reading.

 


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these or some of the books you’re thankful for.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

My Favourite Richard III Novels

Hi all,

Yesterday, 22nd August, was 532nd anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth. It was on this day in 1485 that Henry Tudor defeated and killed Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, and took the English crown.

So I thought I would share with you my favourite Richard III books because:

  1. I adore medieval historical fiction,
  2. The Wars of the Roses are my favourite era hence my blog name and
  3. Richard III is my favourite monarch so much so that I have his motto tattooed.

Now onto the books!

1. The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

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If I was pushed to pick a favourite novel of all time, this novel would be it. I adore Penman’s writing. For me it’s the perfect mix of research, compelling characters and engrossing scenes.

The Sunne in Splendour follows Richard Plantagenet from his childhood to his untimely death at Bosworth in 1845. Penman strips back the ugly myth of Richard, the vile hunchback king who murdered his nephews, The Princes in the Tower, and redeems him. Richard III might not horrible tyrant Tudor playwright, Shakespeare, wanted us to believe.

Born in the treacherous courts of 15th century England while the Yorks and Lancastrians fight for the crown, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, Edward IV. We see Richard as a loyal man, one who would defend his brother and friends to the death;  as a man who is passionately in love with one women, his queen, Anne Neville. Filled with battles, court politics, 15th century customs and the passion of royalty.

 

2. Ravenspur (Wars of the Roses #4) by Conn Iggulden

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While not my favourite book in the series, mostly because Richard’s character doesn’t stray too far from the Shakespearian depiction, Ravenspur is still a fantastic novel. I thought this one would include this one is particular as it’s the book in the series to have the Battle of Bosworth.

Ravenspur takes place in the final 15 years of The Wars of the Roses. Starting in 1570, we see the Lancastrian’s final play for the throne against Edward IV and his brothers, George Duke of Clarence and Richard Duke of Gloucester. The novel ends with in 1584 with the rise of the Tudor Dynasty.

Iggulden has bring new life into these scheming barons, ruthless queens and ambitious kings. They feel human — living, breathing and real. While reading this series it’s so easy to get swept up in the visceral storytelling that it’s hard to remember all these events actually happened 500 odd years ago. The battle scenes describe the chaos, the fear and pure adrenaline of war, you feel like you’re there.

 

3. The Kingmaker’s Daughter (Cousins’ War #4) by Philippa Gregory

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This was the series, specifically the TV adoption, is what got me hooked on The Wars of the Roses. Promptly after I finished the mini series I tracked down the the books and devoured them.

This series is a made up of companion novels, with most of the narratives over lapping. The Kingmaker’s Daughter narrative play out on the same timeline as The White Queen and The Red Queen. Anne Neville is our protagonist and since she becomes Richard III’s wife this is the novel that focuses on the last Plantagenet king.

We don’t  see the battles like we do the other books, as The Kingmaker’s Daughter has a female protagonist. But we get a different kind of fear — the fear of the noble ladies. They sit out the battles, powerless to stop it but also not knowing if they will be striped of their home and titles once the battle ends.  The best part of this books is the budding romance between Anne and Richard — it’s swoon worthy.

 

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these. Also if you have any recommendations. I am always on the lookout for more Wars of the Roses novels. 

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna